Charlie cruise past Excelsior
Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Charlie Smith High scored a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Excelsior High at Courtney Walsh Oval yesterday to remain top of Group B in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup.
The win was Charlie Smith's third in six days. It pushed them to maximum nine points from three games, ahead of Excelsior (four) and Cumberland (one). Mona and Vauxhall are both without a win after one game each.
Excelsior shot into an early lead in the day's only Manning Cup game when Rasheed Anderson scored in the seventh minute.
Charlie Smith equalised when Kimani Arboine headed Romario Brown's free kick past Excelsior's goalkeeper Romario Palmer in the 45th minute.
sealed the deal
The two-time Manning Cup winners then sealed the deal when the competition's leading goalscorer, Bebeto McDonald, netted a brace in the 52nd and 85th (penalty).
McDonald, on seven goals from three games, was satisfied with the team's victory.
"It was a good victory. We had to fight hard for this one as Excelsior fans were behind them early in the game," McDonald told The Gleaner.
Charlie Smith's coach, Jerome Waite, said: "The team went down early as we started tentatively. Having three games inside six days wasn't easy. But we were prepared for that."
Meanwhile, losing coach Lebert Halliman said his team started well, but got tired.
"We started off good, but our legs weren't standing up and they came at us and scored three goals. The team is young and needs more time," Halliman reasoned.
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